Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness among people over the age of 65. The condition is marked by a clouding of your eye’s lens, which prevents light from focusing properly on the retina.
You will most likely not see any symptoms when cataracts first start forming in your eye’s lens. In this early phase, cataracts are so small that they do not block enough light for you to notice a difference in your vision. In addition, you will not experience ay pain, itching, swelling, or redness.
As cataracts continue to develop, the clouded portion of your lens will expand. This causes light to scatter, resulting in dimness or fogginess in your vision. Other cataract symptoms may include:
- Night vision problems such as halos and glare
- Increased light sensitivity
- Fading colors
- Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription
- Ghosting (double vision) in one eye
These symptoms may impact your ability to perform daily tasks, and they may even prevent you from driving at night.
In the early stages, cataracts can be treated by updating your eyeglass prescription. However, once they expand and block more of your vision, you will likely need cataract surgery to correct the condition. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure which removes your eye’s clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Failure to treat cataracts may eventually result in a loss of vision.
Please contact us today to find a qualified cataract surgeon in your area.